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Green Bay places four inside top-50 in both distance and sprint competitions.
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Nordic Ski Opens Season at U.S. National Championships

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: January 13, 2016
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By Patrick Stumpf

HOUGHTON, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) –Green Bay Nordic skiing team took to the snow for the first time last weekend, as seven members of its squad participated in the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich., on the campus of Michigan Tech.

The Phoenix was one of 20 total colleges to partake in the earlier season competition, finishing in ninth place, which combined both distance and sprint points.  

“We like to take advantage of what we can learn from the field,” said head coach Steve Teclaw. “At this event, there are prior US ski team members, US team hopefuls, Olympians and college teams from all 3 regions, including international athletes. Our athletes can learn a lot from this diverse veteran field while on the race course.”

Senior Matt Nichols (Wausau, Wis.) and junior Kyle Marshall (Shoreview, Minn.) paced the men in the Classic 30K race, finishing 42nd and 50th, respectively.

On the women’s side, junior Bree Mucha (Soldotna, Ala.) finished 51st in the Classic 20K distance, while fellow junior Katie Burger (Hayward, Wis.) was right behind in 53rd.

In the sprint, Marshall placed 45th, including 18th in the men’s under 23 age classification, while Nichols ended 52nd. Mucha finished 47th, good enough for 11th in the women’s under 23 group.

“Statistically we did much better than last year with four results into the top 50. Last year we had none in that category,” said Teclaw. “That is a rewarding takeaway; however, each athlete has a list of things to focus on in this week’s workouts.”

For complete results of this past weekend’s events, click here.

Green Bay will continue its competition season on Jan. 23-24, when it travels to Cable, Wis., for the Telemark Central Super NCAA Qualifiers.

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Saturday , January 21
Nordic Skiing 
at JNQ - CCSA
TBA
Cable, Wis.
 
Saturday , January 28
Nordic Skiing 
at JNQ - CCSA
TBA
Duluth, Minn.
 
Saturday , February 04
Nordic Skiing 
at CCSA Conference Championships
TBA
Minneapolis, Minn.
 
Saturday , February 11
Nordic Skiing 
at CCSA Conference Championships Relays
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CAVOC
 
Saturday , February 18
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at NCAA Central Region Skiing Championships
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Ishpeming, Mich. (Al Quaal)
 
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